Penny DiLoreto is an accomplished dog breeder, trainer and veterinary assistant. She is also the owner of Puppies Dot Com LLC, and K9 Dog Park, a dog training business, located in Southern California. In addition to her busy schedule, Penny finds time to donate her time to the local Humane Society. There she assists with the Volunteer Mentor Program and has written may dog related articles that are published on the internet.


Regional Occupational Program (ROP) Veterinary Assistant Program Graduate.
Animal Behavior College Graduate,
American Red Cross Certified Pet First Aid / CPR Instructor Program Graduate

Professional Affiliations

Board Advisory member - ROP Veterinary Assistant Program, Certified Professional Dog Training Instructor, Certified Canine Behaviorist, Accredited Dog Trainer,Certified Therapy Dog Evaluator, California Association of Professional Pet Dog Trainers, International Assoc. of Animal Behavior Consultants, American Red Cross Certified Pet First Aid / CPR Instructor.

Penny instructs the following:
  • Rattlesnake Avoidance (Group Class)
  • This class is for dogs 1-Year and older

    Cost: $145.00

    FORCE FREE SNAKE AVOIDANCE: During the warmer months nature lovers are going for walks and hikes in our beautiful landscape. The Southern California area has its share of both venomous and non-venomous snakes. Although most humans have a natural fear of snakes the same cannot be said for our four-legged canine friends.

    Our program includes the use of snake scent, sight, sounds, along with body language and verbal cues such as  "leave it" and "focus"  all presented in a positive training format. We do not use or condone the use of shock collars for this or any other dog / puppy training class.

    Please keep in mind that no training is fool proof and that training alone isn’t enough to prevent a bite, from a snake or any other wild animal. Keep your dog safe by leashing him in areas where rattlesnakes may be present. Ask your veterinarian about the rattlesnake venom vaccine. Make sure you know where the nearest emergency vet clinic that stocks rattlesnake antivenin is located whenever you go hiking or camping. If you see a rattlesnake, don’t try to approach or kill it. Never encourage a dog to attack a snake of any kind. Alter your own course to avoid the rattlesnake. Most bites occur when a snake is attacked by another animal or when it is about to be stepped on. A snake surprised in its den may also bite.

    K9 Resort and Spa



    K9 Resort and Spa’s Snake Avoidance Class is positive reinforcement without the use of shock collars. It is our belief that “learning should not be painful” and we have incorporated that belief into all of our training programs. Our snake avoidance program teaches dogs to avoid “all snakes” that are alive, dead, venomous and non-venomous including rattlesnakes.

    Empirical data from our clients after taking K9 Resort and Spa’s snake avoidance class suggests that it is highly effective. Clients have stated that their dog, after having taken our snake avoidance class, approached a rattlesnake and the dog avoided the snake. Although this data is extremely positive, K9 Resort and Spa makes no guarantees that the snake avoidance training is 100% effective; this is simply the data we have received from our clients. Like all training, snake avoidance training should have ongoing reinforcement by the dog owner. We recommend that snake avoidance class be retaken on an annual basis if not reinforced regularly at home.

    Class Summary:

    For those considering taking snake avoidance training from K9 Resort and Spa, here is what you should expect.

    • The class generally lasts 1 ½ - 2 hours
    • Each dog attending must have a handler
    • Must have leash and collar or halter: No Pinch or Choke Collars allowed
    • The class begins indoor with a short video presentation to educate clients in general about:

    ~~~~~~Recognizing poisonous snakes indigenous to our area
    ~~~~~~Facts about snake bites
    ~~~~~~Education on venom effect on dogs
    ~~~~~~Education on anti-venom and what to do in the case of a bite
    ~~~~~~Information on snake-bite vaccinations
    ~~~~~~Dog habits around snakes
    • Train the client on the use of both body language and verbal cues.
    • Incorporate use of dead rattlesnakes and other snakes into the leave-it command
    • Move outdoors to locate dead & decoy snakes in the surroundings and teach avoidance
    • Incorporation of rattlesnake sounds, pneumatic snakes, dead snakes (for sight and scent), manikin snakes and electronic sound-makers in a created snake-like environment.  No live rattlesnakes are used.
    • Test (proof) the dog's behavior to verify that s/he  avoids areas where decoy snakes have been placed.

    • I thought the class was excellent.
    • Great! I’ll be bringing my other two dogs.
    • Everything was Great! Excellent!
    • I thought the class was great!
    • Great Job!
    • A Great Class!
    • About two weeks after the class I took my dog on a hike. We ran across a rattlesnake and my dog paid it no attention at all. I think the class made that possible. 
    More information on our Force Free Snake Avoidance program is posted on this website Click here to view page

  • Therapy Dog
  • Therapy dogs are household pets whose owners take time to visit hospitals, nursing homes, detention facilities, and rehabilitation facilities.  K9 Resort and Spa trains and certifies dogs to be therapy dogs at it's facility in Escondido, CA. 
    Prerequisite to Therapy Dog Training is Canine Good citizen.
    Once a dog has passed testing and certified as a Therapy Dog the client is eligible join our non-profit sister organization such as K9 Therapy & Medical Assist Network, Inc to make visitations.
    This six-session Group Therapy Dog Class has a total cost of only $180.00 and includes the Therapy Dog Certification testing.

  • S.T.A.R. Puppy Class
  • This training program is for "puppies" that are less than one-year old.  The AKC Socialization Training Activity Responsibility (S.T.A.R.) Puppy Program is designed to get dog owners and their puppies off to a good start. The AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy Program is an incentive program for loving dog owners who have taken the time to take their puppies through a basic training class.

    The Benefits of training classes teach you how to best communicate with your puppy. Organized training classes also provide an opportunity for your dog to socialize with other dogs. In classes aimed at earning the AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy distinction, you’ll be able to get information on all of your puppy-raising questions including house training, chewing, and the most effective way to teach practical skills such as coming when called. AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy training is a natural lead in to the AKC Canine Good Citizen Program.
    This six-session Group Class has a total cost of only $180.00